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Woman Paralyzed in Crash After Driver Flees

woman-paralyzed-in-crash-after-driver-fleesIn a bewildering accident on Sept. 13, 2014, a car with five people was involved in an accident near 700 West Erie Street in Chicago.

The car, driven by 28-year old Philip Cho, careened off the road and dropped all the way onto the railroad tracks below the vehicle.

Cho was the only person who could leave the vehicle and he left his friends in the car, failed to call 911 and fled the scene. He crossed the railroads and hailed a cab back to Naperville, Illinois.

A 25-year-old woman, Kelsey Ibach was one of the passengers in the vehicle. She was paralyzed from the waist down and she recalls calling out to Cho. She begged him to call the police.

Instead of notifying the authorities, Cho actually had the audacity to tell the occupants of the car that they should lose the keys and tell the authorities it was a hijacking. He then left without getting any medical help.

To add to the bizarre nature of this story, Cho has previously been involved in a DUI accident where he also left the scene of the crime. It is unclear whether he was criminally or civilly held liable for that accident. It is clear, however, that Cho has a history of reckless driving and a history of abdicating his responsibility to the people that he hurts.

Ibach has a severely damaged spine but it is not severed. Ibach and her family are confident that she will be able to walk again someday and are raising funds to help with her medical bills. The car accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers have decades of experience helping families hold negligent drivers accountable.